The most ironically named college in the country, Ball St., has has turned down a chance to play fellow unbeaten Boise St. in the Humanitarian Bowl. This move is completely gutless. The reason, apparently, is that the Humantiarin Bowl is played on Boise State's home field. That coimbined with being several states away, thus limiting the Cardinals' ability to bring their fans along led to them aying, "Thanks but no thanks."
You suck it up and accept the challenge. You say, "Hell, yeah, we'll take on Boise St. on their own field. Nobody has beaten us yet, and we're not going to start losing now." This annoys me because with Notre Dame and Pur-who dying, Hoosier football is going nowhere. The Ball State Cardinals had a chance to play in a game of enormous national interest, and they completely dropped the ball...so to speak.
If I sound unforgiving, it's because this was both Ball St. and the Mid-American Conference to become players. They could have gained some respect in the college football world. Here's what their director had to say, "“I think it would be great for television but I’m not sure it’s fair to our student-athletes to ask them to go out and play on Boise State’s home field.” So not only won't they play in the bowl, but they won't schedule Boisie St., I guess. Maybe they can only play home games next year. I bet the players, especially Nate Davis, one of the finest quarter bakcs in college football, like being made out as gutless cowards. I wonder what David Letterman think of his beloved Cardinals chickening out. Personally, I think the Ball State palyers would have relished the chance to go into Boise State's house and beat them. Boisie State has earned a deserved reputation as a tough program, but if Ball State and the MAC want a chance for national exposure and a solid pigskin reputation, they need to take invitations like this.
So it becomes apparent that Ball State has none.